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AWIHL RD 5 Wrap Up: Adrenaline crack Ice. Sirens streaking

Sirens vs Goannas
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The Adelaide Adrenaline broke their losing streak Saturday night against the Melbourne Ice with a 5-1 effort at home. Melbourne managed to split the road trip replying 5-3 on the Sunday.

It was a goal tenders game until late in the second period when the Adrenaline struck twice. Beth Kavanagh extended the lead 3-0 until finally Melbourne Ice blue liner Cien Pereira scored her first of the year. That would be as close as the Ice would come as Adelaide capitalised on the powerplay and adding another tally before the final buzzer.

Melbourne got their groove back Sunday with Emily Davis opening the account 1-0 in the first period. Adelaide tied it up at the start of the second before Melbourne Ice Carly Rolph pushed her team ahead by one again. After missing in action the weekend before Alivia Del Basso was back to her best scoring top shelf. Del Basso backed it up yet again with what would be the game winning goal. Rolph making it 5-2 before Adelaide scored short handed to finish the game with a respectable 5-3.

Over in Sydney the Goannas hit the board first thanks to Emma Gray. Sirens Kath McOnie scored a pair to first tie it up before the intermission and then set a 2-1 lead at the beginning of the second. Sydney forged ahead again until Goannas Kelly Costa narrowed the lead 3-2.

A scoring frenzy ensued in the remaining five minutes of the second period starting with Amelia Matheson for the Sirens. Goanna’s Samain-Venning tightened the scores back up until Sharna Godfrey hammered home the game winner. Brisbane staged a late comeback with five minutes to go in the third led by Georgia Giblin but Sydney managed to escape with the points and a 5-4 win.

On Sunday the Sirens were back at it in a 5-2 victory showing off their depth with five different scorers (Sterenko, Godfrey, Korhonen, Bow and Rulli). Despite scoring twice in the second period the Goanna’s couldn’t seem to recover from an early 3-0 deficit in the first. Captain Veronica Watson and Georgia Giblin scoring for the Goanna’s.

Melbourne Ice Youth excited for up and coming tournament

National Womens Under 18 team melbourne ice

Three of Melbourne Ice’s youngest players will represent Australia on the world ice hockey stage in January.
Isobel Cantrill and Ebony Rama, both aged 15 and Emily Davis-Tope, aged 14, are the three youngest members of Melbourne Ice Women’s (MIW) team.

In January, the trio will head to Austria to represent Australia at the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation U18 Women’s World Championship qualifier.

Isobel said she had been playing with the Australian U18 Women’s Ice Hockey team for three years. While team members are spread across Australia, Isobel said when the team meets it was like they had never parted.

“Personally, I feel like I am part of a massive family when I play with them. We all know each other like the backs of our hands and this shows when we get on the ice,” Isobel said.

“This January we will be travelling to Austria to play in the world championships qualifiers and we all hope to get first place in our division.”

“If we do come first we will then move onto the actual world championships, which would be a massive achievement because that would be the first time the Australian under18s women’s team has qualified,” Isobel said.

Isobel, Ebony and Emily will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation Under 18 Women’s World Champion Division One qualification event in Austria from January 7 to 11.

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AWIHL RD 4 WRAP UP: GOANNAS GET FIRST WIN AS ICE STREAK ENDS

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After being so close and working really hard this season Brisbane finally got their first win. Not only was it their first win but it came at the hands of the undefeated 2014 champions Melbourne Ice.

The two teams exchanged goals with the Melbourne Ice setting the lead three times before finally Brisbane Goannas Rosanna Routledge completed her hat-trick in the third period putting the Goannas up 4-3.

Kristelle Vanderwolf tied things up for the Ice forcing a shootout of which she would shoot first, but unfortunately didn’t convert. After a couple of exchanges Kelly Costa was successful with her deke for the Goanna’s leaving it to Melbourne Ices Lucy Parrington to try and equalise on the last shot attempt. Keesha Atkins was a rock in net denying Parrington and giving her team their first win of the season.

The Goannas weren’t able to celebrate for too long with Melbourne Ice bouncing back on the Sunday 4-2. Parrington converted on the Powerplay in the first period and later set up line mate Georgia Carson in the second to solidify a 2-0 lead. Goannas Rosanna Routledge halved the lead in the third period but the Ice replied minutes later. Tracy Hocutt narrowed the lead again for the Goannas 3-2 but it wouldn’t be enough as the Melbourne Ice would yet again captialise on the powerplay and finish the game 4-2.

Mighty Roos squad announced for 2016 World Champs

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The Australian Mighty Roos squad has been selected for the 2016 IIHF Division 2 Group B World Championships in Mexico City Mexico on April 9-15, 2016.

It’s a team with a lot of experience with four debutants – Richard Tesarik, Matt Stringer, Rob Haselhurst and Mat Lindsay, together with the return of Mark Rummukainen, Michael Schlamp, Sean Jones and Darren Corstens .

Mighty Roos Coach Brad Vigon said “the mix felt right for the campaign as Australia aim to claim gold in Mexico”.

“I think we have a great mix of guys that have had many years in the National team, such as Lliam, Huxley, Rummo as well as a few guys that have had a bit of experience, one or two tournaments and those that are getting their first crack as well,” Vigon said.

“The older guys will be expected to help to mentor our younger guys and really take them under their wing. I know most of the guys pretty well, and have had great feedback about the others and feel that each player will fit into what myself and Matti are trying to do.”

With Mexico City sitting over 2km above sea level, Vigon said the altitude will take some getting used to but the players should be well equipped to deal with it.

“As a group we need to make sure we are in peak condition going into the tournament,” Vigon said. “We will do a lot of work getting the guys comfortable with the systems we will use so that when we get there everyone will already have a pretty good idea of where they need to be in different situations.”

Entering the competition at 36th in the world, Australia will come up against stiff competition including Bulgaria (39th), Israel (33rd), New Zealand (37th), North Korea (42nd) and hosts Mexico (32nd).

Vigon admits there will be some tricky games as Australia hope to gain promotion to Division 2 Group A.

“Mexico will be tough especially at home, and Israel is a bit of a wild card,” Vigon said. “You never really know what to expect from them year to year. New Zealand is always a tough, hard fought game and because of the rivalry it is always close.”

The full Mighty Roos squad for the 2016 Division 2 Group B World Championships is:

Forwards
Darren Corstens (Adelaide Adrenaline)
Wehebe Darge (Adelaide Adrenaline)
Austin McKenzie (Melbourne Ice)
Lliam Webster (Melbourne Ice)
Mitch Humphries (Melbourne Ice)
Thomas Powell (Melbourne Ice)
Matt Stringer (Melbourne Mustangs)
Sean Jones (Melbourne Mustangs)
Jordan Kyros (Perth Thunder)
Cameron Todd (Sydney Bears)
Michael Schlamp (Sydney Bears)
Richard Tesarik (Sydney Bears)

Defence
David Huxley (Adelaide Adrenaline)
James Byers (CBR Brave)
Mark Rummukainen (CBR Brave)
Paul Baranzelli (Melbourne Ice)
Mat Lindsay (Newcastle North Stars)
Robert Malloy (Newcastle North Stars)
Robert Haselhurst (Perth Thunder)

Goaltenders
Anthony Kimlin (Whitby Dunlops)
Fraser Carson (Melbourne Mustangs)

Head Coach Brad Vigon
Assistant Coach Matti Luoma
Manager Ian Webster
Chef de Mission Steve Ransome
Team Doctor/Physio Danny George
Equipment Manager Joey Rezek

Article courtesy of: Andrew McMurtry

AJIHL RD 5 Wrap Up: Glaciers ice Whalers. West still Hot

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Glaciers continue to climb the mountain with a 7-2 display Saturday night over the Whalers. Caleb Butler was on fire again notching another hat-trick and three helpers. But he was not alone as his teammates Corey Stringer and Tim Vanderwolf both chipped in two goals a piece.

The Glaciers raced out to a 2-0 lead in the first and then doubled the lead on a misconduct penalty to Whalers top defenseman Harry Jaunozols early in the second period.

Aleksander Anderson responded for the Whalers before the second period finished. Byron Tschuma then cut the lead in half 4-2 as he continued his solid play, but that is where the come back would end as the Glaciers scored three unanswered to keep their streak alive.

Over in the west the Sharks and Pelicans battled out a 5-4 game with the Pelicans scraping out the win. The Sharks however, were extremely solid in the special teams department successfully killing off 7 of the 8 penalties served and capitalizing on 66% of their power play chances.

Jordan Grover was instrumental in establishing a 4-2 lead after two hard fought periods. David Mahood extended the lead to 5-2 early in the third, but that still didn’t deter the Sharks as Sak closed the lead to two. Bruno Stolze kept his scoring streak going netting one with 18 seconds left in the game and whilst it wasn’t enough to tie the scores, one would certainly suggest the Sharks might have the momentum when these two teams meet again.